Belfast rape trial: Rugby players deny forcing themselves on woman

Mr Jackson says he can't understand why the woman didn't leave if she didn't want to be there

Belfast rape trial: Rugby players deny forcing themselves on woman

Composite image shows Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding (right) arrive at Belfast Crown Court | Image: Brian Lawless/Liam McBurney/Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

Updated 17:05

This article contains graphic details which some readers may find distressing

The jury in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial has begun hearing what they told police after they were arrested.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby players deny raping the same woman during a party at Jackson’s home in south Belfast.

The woman claims Paddy Jackson raped her after pushing her onto his bed in the early hours of June 28th 2016.

This morning, the court heard that during Mr Jackson’s first interview with police, his solicitor read out a prepared statement strenuously denying the claims and answered "no comment" to all questions asked in a subsequent interview.

During a third interview, he told police he noticed the girl looking at him at the party back at his house.

He said she was flirting, and he was pretty sure something was going to happen.

He said she twice followed him to his bedroom when he went upstairs.

He said they just kissed the first time and he returned to the party downstairs when she started teasing him for not knowing her name.

On the second visit, he said there was some more consensual kissing before she performed oral sex on him. He denied having sex with her.

He told them she seemed fine and he denied forcing himself on her. He said he couldn't understand why she didn't leave if she didn't want to be there.

He told police that before going back to the party, he had consumed eight tins of Carlsberg, four pints of Guinness, two G&Ts, five vodka lemonades and three shots of Tequila and Sambuca.

His Ireland and Ulster teammate Stuart Olding is accused of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him. He said she put her hand out to him when he walked in and performed the act after some kissing.

This afternoon, the court heard the first of his police interviews.

Mr Olding told police he had eight tins of Carlsberg, four pints of Guinness, two G&Ts, five vodka lemonades and three shots of tequila and sambuca before he went back to the party.

When he walked into Jackson’s room, he said the woman was straddling his teammate and he claimed she put her hand out to him so he went over.

He said they started kissing and she then performed oral sex on him.

The court is due to hear further police interviews on Monday.

If you have been affected by anything mentioned in this article you can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre National 24-Hour helpline on 1800 77 88 88.